Just hanging at the airport
19.01.2015 23 °C
Well here we go, it's time to travel and it is time to blog - both things that are new for me and my wife Sherry. Today we sit at Toronto's Pierson International Airport awaiting our 9:40 departure to Thailand. First things first, how the heck did we get here? It is a bit of long story but if you have some time and don't mind indulging me for bit I will fill you in on some details. Sherry and I have been married for 2.5 years now and we have been together for almost 8! Over our 8 years together we have had our share of ups downs and everything in between while we lived in our small cottage country home in Lurgan Beach, Ontario. One of the biggest struggles we had was when Sherry was dealing with post concussion, which ultimately lead her to leave her position with the county of Bruce as a pre school resource teacher. For almost 4 years we sought out treatments, lifestyle changes and anything that would help her get her life back on track. The headaches, dizziness, fatigue and depression came all to regularly and often without warning or a logical explanation. This was a trying time for Sherry and I both personally and for our relationship as a whole. Perseverance paid off and just shortly after we got married on August 25th of 2012, Sherry began receiving treatments on her atlas vertebra which dramatically increased her health and wellness. In combination with a dogged commitment to eating healthy, Sherry began to turn the tide and it was not long before we regularly saw glimpses of the Sherry we all knew and had grown to love. As of the day we left Sherry is doing well in the health department.
So, what about me, Shayne, the guy writing this opening post.... Well I lived in small town Ontario, Canada for all of my life and have worked in the local power industry for almost 10.5 years since I was 21 (had to leave you a bit of math to figure out how old I am). I have been blessed with great family, friends and work colleagues throughout my life and have absolutely nothing to complain about. I have enjoyed my employment over the last 10.5 years and I know that without it, we would be in a lot different position with respect tot the changes we have recently made....what are those changes- well to start with I resigned from job and sold my house. Yep, my wife and I are unemployed and homeless, so the next obvious question has to be Why. Part of this I can explain, but part of it can't, so here goes the part I can explain - with Sherrys health challenges and me being employed at the same place since leaving school and never having seen much outside of my home town, we decided that life was too short and that we needed to see what else was going on out there. I am very appreciative and thankful for my employment, but I had a growing sense of not being content. I enjoyed the work I did but just was not content not knowing what I was missing out there in the world and Sherry felt the same - I just wasn't ready to settle in and needed to scratch that itch. We went back and forth for several months trying to decide what the next step for us were going to look like - Sherry had just started a business selling gluten free and raw desserts while I had started a new job as an HR business parter - we were both doing things we really enjoyed but knew there was more and we kept going back and forth on what that looked like. We knew in our hearts it was travel and had started making plans for where but not the when part. Sherry was all in and ready to go, but it was me that had some major thinking to do, I had a great job and leaving wouldn't be easy. Then came a random weekend in May when I went on a canoe trip to Algonquin park with a good friend, Curt Donaldson and a bunch of his buddies who he regularly went on this trip with from the KW area. The only guy I knew was Curt but I was up for the adventure. It was a short trip but on the second day I jumped in a canoe with one the other dudes I didn't know before the trip who is known as scooter. Scooter and I headed out to catch some fish for lunch and while we didn't get any fish I am happy to say I did come away with what I was looking for. The small chat began quite general and then it was not long before he started telling me that he and his wife (mrs scooter) had quit their jobs a few years earlier and moved to Australia to work and live. His story convinced me that travel was the right next step, I didn't need anymore signs. When I got home and told Sherry, she was really excited and the the planning began. I finished work on December 19th and we sold our house with closing date of February 27th. Our plan is to be in Thailand on January 18th and to spend 32 days travelling south east Asia, after which we will head to Australia to meet up with friends on the west coast. We plan to spend 30 days in Australia before heading to Dublin, Ireland in late March. The whole idea is for us to get a taste of world travel, learn to navigate our way through different countries and cultures, to have a bit of vacation along the way, to learn more about ourselves and most importantly to have some fun! We hope to travel for at least one year with no definite plans in place for when that is up. We are leaving ourselves open to any and all possibilities as you never know who you might meet along the way and what life changing opportunities might open themselves up to you. We will be blogging about our adventures to document all the ups and downs along the way in hopes of keeping our family and friends in know about our travels while also hopefully helping other people to learn about what is out there in the world to experience. Well I think I have rambled on long enough but I thought it was important for people to understand our back story so that you can gain greater meaning from the posts we make from here on out.
Cheers and we'll be in touch again soon!
Shayne and Sherry